Polk City Autovon Potpourri
- An old IBEW-GTE contract lists work location as Autovon(In the Winter Haven area) rather than a CO building name.The AUTOVON building was offered at auction in 1991:http://americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC/BC-1991/BC-1991-01-21.pdfclassified p81,(Auction- 2 GTE buildings) describes a 2 story brick Autovon buildingNewspaper articles:http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=888&dat=19661013&id=iNpaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=M3QDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5117,1188973http://news.google.com/newspapers?%20nid=950&dat=19700404&id=tT9QAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PFcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2039,1074108http://news.google.com/newspapers?%20nid=1755&dat=19700408&id=hDkgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IGYEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5152,2771656The switch was one of several locations undergoing TEMPS testing in the 1970's:http://asc.army.mil/docs/pubs/alt/archives/1974/Mar-Apr_1974.PDF p7http://asc.army.mil/docs/pubs/alt/archives/1973/Nov-Dec_1973.PDF p12-13snippet from:http://www.mors.org/UserFiles/file/Oral%20Histories/MORS%20BrandsteinOralHistory_15Aug11.pdf"For a while, I was employed at Harry Diamond asan electronics engineer, even though I had nobackground for it obviously. We had developedthe largest transportable EMP simulator.Transportable is really stretching it – it took 25tractor-trailers to move it. We were going to test anAUTOVON Switch that was at Polk City, Florida,so ours was brought down there. I was the onewho installed the oscilloscope and probes and Iinstalled things in the switch. I didn’ t know whatI was doing but it was fun. And I got to play with aflash override on the telephones. The interestingpart of this was that it was going to be used for thefirst time. We had a bunch of colonels and generalsdown inside this bombproof building tocommemorate the inauguration of the thing."